Summary of Terms

Visa-waiver countries

People from certain countries do not need to apply for a visa before travelling to New Zealand. On arrival in New Zealand, they will be asked to provide:

 

  • travel tickets or evidence of onward travel arrangements, and
  • evidence of funds for maintenance (for more details see our Operational Manual at E4.50, notably E4.50.35 and E4.50.40).

 

If a person is visiting New Zealand for three months or less and is from a visa-waiver country (see list below), this person will not need to apply for a visitor visa before arriving in New Zealand as long as the purpose of the visit is for a lawful purpose.

 

A person is deemed to apply for a visitor visa by completing the required “New Zealand Passenger Arrival Card” and if granted entry permission, will also be granted a visitor visa.

 

A person may stay in New Zealand in accordance with the conditions on their visa.
Visitor visas granted at the airport are electronic, meaning a person may not be given a stamp or label in their passport.

 

United Kingdom

UK passport holders who can produce evidence of the right to reside permanently in the UK can be granted a visitor visa for up to six months upon arrival in New Zealand.

 

Australia

Australian citizens and permanent residents do not usually need a visa to travel to New Zealand.

 

Andorra
Argentina
Austria
Bahrain
Belgium
Brazil
Brunei
Bulgaria
Canada
Chile
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia1
Finland
France
Germany
Greece2
Hong Kong3

Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Japan
Korea (South)
Kuwait
Latvia1
Liechtenstein Lithuania1
Luxembourg
Malaysia
Malta
Mexico
Monaco
Netherlands
Norway
Oman
Poland
Portugal4

Romania
Qatar
San Marino
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
Slovak Republic
Slovenia
South Africa
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Taiwan5
United Arab Emirates
United States of America6
Uruguay
Vatican City

 

1A visa waiver does not apply to people travelling on alien's (non-citizen's) passports issued by these countries.

2Greek passport holders whose passports were issued on and after 1 January 2006. (Greek passports issued before 1 January 2006 are not acceptable for travel after 1 January 2007.)

3Residents of Hong Kong travelling on Hong Kong Special Administrative Region or British National (Overseas) passports.

4Portuguese passport holders must also have the right to live permanently in Portugal.  
5Permanent residents of Taiwan travelling on Taiwan passports. A personal identity number printed within the visible section of the biographical page of the Taiwan passport demonstrates that the holder is a permanent resident of Taiwan.

6Including nationals of the USA. 

 

See section E2.1 of our Operational Manual for full details about visa-waiver countries.

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